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Walk Free is a movement of people everywhere, fighting to end one of the world's greatest evils: modern slavery.

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Petitioning President Mahamadou Issoufou

OUTLAW FORCED CHILD MARRIAGE IN NIGER

Three-quarters of girls in Niger are married before they are adults.[1] Child marriage often amounts to slavery, for example, when girls have not given their free and full consent, are subjected to control, exploited and unable to leave,[2] so outlawing it is an important step towards protecting Niger children. Right now young girls are being married off to older men. Fati Yahaya at just 20 has been married twice, divorced once, and suffered a postpartum hemorrhage after the birth of her first child.[3] With the age of consent for girls set at 15 years old, and many marrying younger with parental permission, thousands of girls like Zeinabou and Fati face a life of abuse and unrealised potential. President Mahamadou Issoufou has publicly declared his intent to address the causes of child marriage through programs that he says will reduce the prevalence of early marriages from 60 to 40 percent.[4] In addition, a law has been proposed to change the age to 18 for girls but it is yet to be adopted.  Call on Niger’s President to outlaw the child marriage of girls. 1.http://www.unfpa.org/sites/default/files/jahia-publications/documents/publications/2012/ChildMarriage_8_annex1_indicator-definition.pdf2. http://www.girlsnotbrides.org/when-does-child-marriage-become-slavery/3. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/girls-education-niger_564ddb93e4b031745ceff27b4. ibid.  

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Petitioning Trakul Winitnaiyapak, Attorney General, Mr. Peerapat Pornsirilertkij, Director-General Department of Labour Protection and Welfare, General Sirichai Distakul, Ministry of Labour, Mr. Don Poramatvin...

Drop the charges against Andy Hall now

    “This is about persecution. It’s a political case to try and silence me… I’m someone that’s revealing things that the government and the industry don’t want me to reveal.” – Andy Hall[1] Human rights activist, Andy Hall, faces time in prison for reporting on labour rights abuses in the Thailand pineapple industry. In 2013 a report was published that included some of Andy’s research that contained allegations of worker abuse and slavery-like practices in the Natural Fruit factory, a Thai company that processes pineapples and supplies retailers around the world. Instead of looking into the allegations, Natural Fruit targeted Andy. He was hauled into court on charges of computer crime and criminal defamation. Despite an international outcry, Natural Fruit have not backed down [2]. We now need to call on the Thai government to do the right thing and ensure that all charges against Andy Hall are dropped. The Thai authorities are already facing global scrutiny for not doing enough to protect workers from abuse — the latest ‘US Trafficking in Persons’ report gives Thailand the lowest score for action to tackle trafficking.[3] Andy is due in court on the 18 January 2016 and faces up to 7 years in prison. Please show your support for Andy and migrant workers that remain vulnerable to modern slavery in Thailand: take action to demand that these charges are dropped now.   Sources 1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAvXe6TjdPE 2. http://www.walkfree.org/andy-hall/ 3. http://bangkok.usembassy.gov/tip2015statements.html

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Petitioning Trakul Winitnaiyapak, Attorney General

Drop the charges against Andy Hall now

  “This is about persecution. It’s a political case to try and silence me… I’m someone that’s revealing things that the government and the industry don’t want me to reveal.” – Andy Hall[1] Human rights activist, Andy Hall, faces time in prison for reporting on labour rights abuses in the Thailand pineapple industry. In 2013 a report was published that included some of Andy’s research that contained allegations of worker abuse and slavery-like practices in the Natural Fruit factory, a Thai company that processes pineapples and supplies retailers around the world. Instead of looking into the allegations, Natural Fruit targeted Andy. He was hauled into court on charges of computer crime and criminal defamation. Despite an international outcry, Natural Fruit have not backed down [2]. We now need to call on the Thai government to do the right thing and ensure that all charges against Andy Hall are dropped. The Thai authorities are already facing global scrutiny for not doing enough to protect workers from abuse — the latest ‘US Trafficking in Persons’ report gives Thailand the lowest score for action to tackle trafficking.[3] Andy is due in court on the 18 January 2016 and faces up to 7 years in prison. Please show your support for Andy and migrant workers that remain vulnerable to modern slavery in Thailand: take action to demand that these charges are dropped now.   Sources 1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAvXe6TjdPE 2. http://www.walkfree.org/andy-hall/ 3. http://bangkok.usembassy.gov/tip2015statements.html

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Petitioning World Leaders

Help End Child Slavery in Crisis Situations

For children in South Sudan, war and violence is a part of everyday life. With their schools frequently bombed or attacked, many are at risk of abduction or trafficking. Since the start of the conflict 18 months ago, 13,000 children have already been recruited as child soldiers. Children abducted or trafficked in conflict areas are violently forced into slavery, either as child soldiers fighting battles they aren’t old enough to understand, or as victims of sexual slavery and forced marriage. Yet for boys and girls in Yei Town there is a beacon of hope. On the site of a bombed primary school, the Kinji Primary School has opened and now provides education to 1,300 children. In unstable environments like South Sudan, having a safe place to spend the day offers these children important protection from modern slavery. Right now we have a unique opportunity to help more children living in dangerous areas access education and find the support they need. A Global Fund for Education in Emergencies has been set up to help provide education to children in emergency areas across the world, supporting children in the very worst situations. We want World Leaders to publically commit to making donations to this fund, so that more schools like the Kinji Primary School can be built all around the world. With conflicts in many countries showing no signs of slowing, more must be done to protect children from slavery in emergency situations. Please help us draw attention to this issue by signing our petition.

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Petitioning World Leaders

Help End Child Slavery in Crisis Situations

For children in South Sudan, war and violence is a part of everyday life. With their schools frequently bombed or attacked, many are at risk of abduction or trafficking. Since the start of the conflict 18 months ago, 13,000 children have already been recruited as child soldiers. Children abducted or trafficked in conflict areas are violently forced into slavery, either as child soldiers fighting battles they aren’t old enough to understand, or as victims of sexual slavery and forced marriage. Yet for boys and girls in Yei Town there is a beacon of hope. On the site of a bombed primary school, the Kinji Primary School has opened and now provides education to 1,300 children. In unstable environments like South Sudan, having a safe place to spend the day offers these children important protection from modern slavery. Right now we have a unique opportunity to help more children living in dangerous areas access education and find the support they need. A Global Fund for Education in Emergencies has been set up to help provide education to children in emergency areas across the world, supporting children in the very worst situations. We want World Leaders to publically commit to making donations to this fund, so that more schools like the Kinji Primary School can be built all around the world. With conflicts in many countries showing no signs of slowing, more must be done to protect children from slavery in emergency situations. Please help us draw attention to this issue by signing our petition.

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Petitioning US Senate

Ensure children are safe from traffickers

Estimates show that in the United States, over 1.6 million children under age 18 experience homelessness in a given year, and more than 46,000 children and young people can be found living on the streets on any given night. Too often, they go unnoticed, quietly trafficked into forced labor or the commercial sex industry. Homeless children and young people experience high rates of victimization, exploitation, and human trafficking. Approximately 1 in 4 homeless and runaway children have been a victim of sex trafficking or have engaged in survival sex, often because they did not have a safe place to stay, according to a study by Covenant House, a New York City provider of services to homeless youth. The Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (H.R.1779, S.262) ensures life-saving housing, food, and support reaches these children and young people and helps protect them from traffickers. We need your help to ensure that these critical services to America’s homeless youth are maintained and strengthened. Together, we can ensure children have a safe place to sleep tonight.

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Petitioning Prime Minister John Key

Tell New Zealand to Help End Slavery At Sea

“I was a slave, but then I became useless… so they sent me home with nothing”- Ruslan, aged 36.[1] Ruslan’s story of appalling exploitation aboard a fishing ship in New Zealand waters made headlines around the world in 2012 – and it is not an isolated case. Evidence suggests that hundreds are working in slavery-like conditions at sea in New Zealand: threatened, abused, and forced to work 30-hour shifts.[2] After a slow response, the Government of New Zealand now has an opportunity to show its strong support for a proposed new law which would help end modern slavery at sea. But this is not the end. We need to act now to ensure that the Government supports the progression of this new law, without exemptions and with immediate effect. By taking bold, necessary action, New Zealand has an opportunity to send a signal to other nations that slavery in the fishing industry can never be tolerated. Call on the New Zealand Government telling them to pass comprehensive laws preventing slavery at sea with immediate effect. 1] http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-02-23/the-fishing-industrys-cruelest-catch [2] http://www.globalslaveryindex.org/country/new-zealand/

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